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					In this issue          New MD and             Plymouth reaches        Partnerships
                       company structure      financial close         in the pipeline

                       UPP Residential        New accommodation
                       Services               at the University of
                                              Nottingham




uppdate
Spring 2007




Welcome to the Spring
edition of uppdate


2006 was a hugely successful year for         Last December, we celebrated reaching           partnership with universities – and the
UPP as we continued to expand our             financial close on our landmark £32             dedication and hard-work of our staff.
network of partnerships with universities     million scheme at the University of
in the UK. UPP and the Alma Mater Fund        Plymouth – the first public-private        Furthermore, UPP is embarking upon a
have so far invested over £700m to the        partnership for the development of         strategic restructuring programme, which
higher education sector and we are            academic and student residential           will see UPP and URSL (the Residential
currently responsible for 16,000 student      facilities.                                Services division of the business which
rooms, with a further 5,000 rooms                                                        we acquired in August 2005) merged to
secured as part of the company’s              More exciting news in 2006, saw UPP        create one integrated business with three
ambitious expansion plans.                    appointed as preferred bidder for schemes operating divisions.
                                              at Leeds Metropolitan University,
Before we reflect on a truly fantastic year   Loughborough University, The University    I would like to take this opportunity to
for UPP, I would first like to say I am       of Kent and Lancaster University, and we   thank our funding partners, the Alma
delighted to be handing over the reins        very much look forward to working with     Mater Fund, a unique joint venture
of the day-to-day operations of UPP to        all four universities to build new student between 3i and Barclays Private Equity,
our new Managing Director, Sean O’Shea        accommodation estimated at a total value for their continued support and belief in
(pictured above right) who will be            of over £130 million.                      our business model.
managing the business going forward.
                                              The new preferred bidder agreements are         We are very much looking forward to the
It’s a very exciting time for our company     the latest milestone in a highly successful     year ahead and further expanding our
and Sean’s role will be to develop the        year for UPP, which has seen over 99%           portfolio and driving forward the UPP
management structure to take UPP Group        occupancy of its existing schemes during        Group.
forward into its next stages of business.     the 2005-06 academic year.
                                                                                              I do hope you will join me in celebrating
With a set target of 20% growth year on       Most recently we opened new state-of-the-       our most recent achievements and find
year moving forward, Sean will work to        art facilities for 634 students at the          the contents of uppdate of interest.
streamline the business for future growth     University of Nottingham and completed          If you would like any further information
and efficiency.                               the third phase of student accommodation        please contact our Group Business
                                              for Lancaster University.                       Development Director, Mark Allen, and do
Our new Chairman, Nicholas Ward, who                                                          visit www.upp-ltd.com for all the latest
has been a key figure already in the          This is a particularly exciting time for UPP,   UPP news!
restructuring programme, will work closely    as our expansion plans take on real
with Sean going forward to fully establish    momentum. We set ourselves some                 With kind regards,
the UPP Group and continue the excellent      ambitious targets at the start of 2006,         Clive Crawford
work as the country’s leading university      and the fact that we delivered a record         Chief Executive
partner in student accommodation.             year is testament to both the unique
                                              nature of our offering – we work in true
Sean O’Shea Managing Director, UPP Group




New MD and company
structure for UPP
The appointment of Sean O’Shea as            The reorganisation will see UPP and UPP       unique offering. Working in complete
Managing Director of UPP Group is            RSL (the Residential Services division        partnership with universities, UPP provides
part of the company’s restructuring          of the business which UPP acquired in         an innovative funding solution that
programme to take it to the next stages      August 2005) merged to create one             transfers financial risk away from
of business.                                 integrated business with three operating      universities allowing them to focus
                                             divisions:                                    investment in core areas such as
Having been an integral part of the UPP                                                    teaching and research.”
management buy-out team, Sean has            – Project Division
continued to establish UPP as the            – SPC Support Division                        Nicholas added: “We are always exploring
country’s leading university partner in      – Fund Support Division                       new and more ambitious ways of
student accommodation.                                                                     developing UPP and look forward to
                                             Nicholas Ward, Chairman of UPP, said:         a very successful year ahead.”
Now, Sean will drive the company’s           “We are delighted to have Sean taking
ambitious growth plan going forward.         up the position of MD at this very exciting
                                             time.
A qualified Quantity Surveyor, with twenty
years experience in the construction         “The successful management buy-out,
industry, Sean joined Jarvis Construction    backed by the Alma Mater fund, has seen
in 1994 as Managing Surveyor where he        the company rapidly expand its university
was responsible for the commercial           partnerships across the UK and we now
management of the south east region.         have more than £700 million committed
                                             to the university sector.
Sean, with his thorough understanding of
construction costs, facilities management    “Building on this success, Sean’s role will
regimes and transaction structures, was      be to develop the management structure
previously Group Commercial Director of      to take UPP Group forward into its next
UPP and Managing Director of UPP             stages of business. We have set a target
Residential Services Limited (UPP RSL).      of 20% growth year on year moving
                                             forward.
Sean will lead the UPP Group following its
strategic restructuring programme to build   “The student accommodation market is
on recent success.                           a highly dynamic sector and UPP has a
 University of Plymouth
 partnership reaches
 financial close
 Last December, UPP was proud to announce that the                                                      UPP and the University of Plymouth have already completed
 company had reached financial close on the first public-                                               three schemes after developing the ground-breaking concept
 private partnership for the development of academic and                                                of partnering to develop and operate student accommodation
 student residential facilities, for the University of Plymouth.                                        in 1998. UPP has previously built, and continues to operate,
                                                                                                        640 new en suite rooms and operates a further 631 rooms
 The landmark £32m scheme includes a 6500m2 building                                                    acquired from the University in 2004. UPP was also appointed
 for the Faculty of Education including a learning atrium,                                              in 2004 as the University’s development partner.
 a 140 seat lecture theatre and a CPD facility. New residential
 accommodation; a student refectory and the conversion of                                               Martin Berkien, Director of Learning Facilities at the University
 an existing building into student bedrooms are also included.                                          of Plymouth, said: “The University’s strategic development plan
 In total, 486 new student rooms will be provided.                                                      for the Plymouth campus is to create a greater vibrancy and
                                                                                                        social environment outside of normal teaching hours for our
 Student residential facilities will include 315 new en suite                                           students. Working with UPP, we are confident that the student
 student bedrooms, 14 self contained studio rooms and the                                               accommodation and academic facilities located at the heart of
 conversion of the existing Mary Newman building from academic                                          the university campus will meet our expectations and equip us
 space to residential accommodation, providing a further 157                                            to meet the challenges of the future.”
 en suite student bedrooms with shared kitchen and dining areas.
                                                                                                        The new student rooms will be organised into cluster flats of
 Clive Crawford, Chief Executive of UPP, said: “This partnership                                        varying sizes, all with shared kitchen facilities, and in addition
 represents a milestone in higher education. We have a long-                                            there will be a warden’s flat, launderette, reception area, cycle
 standing relationship with the University of Plymouth that has                                         store, surfboard stores, plant room and UPP Facilities
 already yielded innovative concepts. It’s a natural progression                                        Management offices.
 for us to be bringing another pioneering solution to the market.”
                                                                                                        In line with the University’s and UPP’s commitment to
                                                                                                        environmental sustainability, the new facilities will be designed
                                                                                                        and built for energy efficiency, avoiding air-conditioning by using
                                                                                                        passive ventilation and sculpted, outdoor shading devices.
“The University’s strategic
 development plan for the
 Plymouth campus is to create
 a greater vibrancy and social
 environment outside of normal
 teaching hours for our students.
 Martin Berkien Director of Learning
 Facilities at the University of Plymouth


 Architect’s impressions of UPP partnership with the University of Plymouth
                                                                              David Morley Architects
                                                                    David Morley Architects
Architect’s impression of UPP partnership                                                     Architectural drawing of UPP partnership
with Loughborough University                                                                  with the University of Kent




Partnerships
in the pipeline
Over 5,000 new student bedrooms                Most recently the company opened new                                  University of Kent
across the UK will be provided by the          state-of-the-art facilities for 634 students                          – Projected value £27.2m
University Partnerships Programme, as          at the University of Nottingham following                             – 452 en suite student study bedrooms,
the student accommodation provider’s           on from a previous partnership, and UPP                                 50 large en suite study bedrooms and
ambitious expansion plans gather               completed a third phase of student                                      36 studio rooms
momentum.                                      accommodation for Lancaster University.                               – Approximately 1006sq metres
                                                                                                                       of teaching/conference facilities
Most recently, UPP was appointed               Sean O’ Shea, new Managing Director                                   – A 490 seat lecture theatre
preferred bidder to develop a new mixed-       of UPP Group, said: “This is a particularly                           – A communal pavilion to include a
use academic and student residential           exciting time for UPP, as our expansion                                 reception area, launderette, FM office,
accommodation scheme at the University         plans take on real momentum. We set                                     FM store and staff welfare facilities
of Kent.                                       ourselves some ambitious targets at                                   – Work expected to commence in 2007
                                               the start of 2006, and the fact that we
The scheme, valued at £27.2m, involves         delivered a record year is testament to     Lancaster University
the development and operation of 452           both the unique nature of our offering –    – Projected value £33m
new en suite student bedrooms; 50 large        we work in true partnership with            – Fourth phase development (UPP handled
en suite study bedrooms; 36 studio             universities – and the dedication and hard-   phase three the largest university new
rooms; approximately 1006 square               work of our staff.                            accommodation project in the country)
metres of teaching and conference                                                          – 752 new build rooms, 24 new build flats,
facilities; as well as a 490-seat lecture      “We look forward to taking the company        176 refurbishment rooms
theatre and communal pavilion. The             forward and increasing our commitment       – 11 roof top refurbished flats
pavilion will include a reception area,        to this market.”                            – Work on site has already commenced
launderette, FM office, FM store and
staff welfare facilities.                      Details of the new preferred bidder
                                               agreements are as follows:
The proposed development is the second
mixed-use scheme – combining academic          Leeds Metropolitan University
and residential facilities for students – on   – Projected value £18m
which UPP has been selected as preferred       – New build scheme in Headingley
bidder, following the pioneering agreement     – 261 bedrooms in a mixture of flats and
with the University of Plymouth.                 houses plus 276 conference rooms
                                               – Project due to commence in June 2007
In addition, UPP has also been appointed
preferred bidder for schemes at Leeds          Loughborough University
Metropolitan University, Loughborough          – Projected construction value £48m
University and Lancaster University. The       – New build residential project totalling
company will work in partnership with all        1,300 rooms for phased release
four universities to build new student           commencing in September 2008
accommodation estimated at a total value       – Work scheduled to commence in April 2007
of over £130m.
UPP Residential Services
                                         Safety related courses. These range from
                                         IOSH supervising safely to fire safety                  The Warden’s
                                         management to first aid training and
                                         more. “Our aim is to be the best in field,              perspective
                                         going beyond best practice in providing
                                         the highest quality and standard of                     Providing students with consistently
Our SPC Support Division, which includes accommodation for students,” Doug says.                 high levels of pastoral care is another
our facilities management business,      “By providing one-to-one support and                    area is which UPP is focussing. In this
is dedicated to making partnerships      individual training for UPP staff at every              area, UPP relies on Wardens based at
work as effectively as possible, where   level, I believe we will achieve our                    each partnering university to ensure such
it counts most, on the ground. Our team  ambitions.”                                             high standards of service are met.
of specialists offer a complete package,
including a full range of facilities     Doug is also a corporate member of                      In 2002 for example, we established a
management services. In addition we      Institute of Risk & Safety Management,                  partnership with Oxford Brookes University
offer revenue management, marketing,     Institute of Fire Prevention Officers and               to develop Cheney Student Village.
room booking and allocation services,    British Institute of Facilities Management              Working in partnership with the University,
to ensure that our partners can focus    (BIFM).                                                 we wanted to ensure the Village office was
on their core activities – teaching and                                                          available as a source of advice and
research.
                                                The Business                                     information to students 24-hours a day.

The management of the SPC Support
                                                Manager’s                                        UPP’s Richard Roestorf, one of our
Division is headed up by three Regional                                                          Warden’s at Oxford Brookes, takes pride
Directors. Duncan Palmer manages the
UPP Southern Division which includes            perspective                                      in providing an excellent support service
                                                                                                 to students.
our partnerships with the University of
Reading and the University of Plymouth.         Our Business Managers based on location          “A Warden’s main responsibilities are to
Tony Allen manages UPP North Division           at our partnering universities are also          provide pastoral care to students and to
which includes our partnerships with            taking on greater responsibility as our          maintain a study environment”, Richard
Lancaster University and Leeds                  business gathers momentum.                       said.
Metropolitan University and Sam Bailey-
Watts manages UPP Midlands which                At UPP, we take great pride in maintaining       “My responsibilities can range from
includes our two partnerships in                strict security measures across all our          settling student disputes to dealing with
Nottingham with the University of               sites and with our continued focus on            health issues, from controlling noise levels
Nottingham and Nottingham Trent                 student and staff security, we rely on the       to assisting with minor incidents on site.
University.                                     Business Managers to sustain these high          Whatever the issue, it is the Warden’s
                                                standards at each university.                    responsibility to make sure the students’

Spotlight on                                                                                     needs are met.”
                                                Beth Raine, Business Manager for UPP

Health and Safety                               Leeds Metropolitan, UPP’s partnership            If you would like to visit one of our sites,
                                                with Leeds Metropolitan University, is           please contact a member of our
                                                already setting a high level of service for      operations team on 020 7280 4431
As we continue to grow we are also              other managers up and down the country
developing training and development             to follow, putting into place procedures
programmes across the business with             including:
particular emphasis on Health and Safety.
Doug Allen, Health and Safety Manager,          – Daily handovers from night security
has already implemented our bespoke               teams
UPP safety management system, “UPP-             – Maintenance team priority meetings
Safe”, and has developed training               – Walk-arounds to ensure UPP’s
programmes accredited by the leading              contracted service level agreements
Institution of Occupational Safety and            with the university are being met
Health (IOSH).                                  – Performance reporting
                                                – Profit and loss administration
Since the inception of UPP RSL in August
2005 Doug, a Chartered Safety and               The Business Manager’s role is a 24 hour
Health Practitioner (IOSH) has sent             commitment and one that comes with
338 members of staff on Health and              on-call responsibilities seven days a week,
                                                365 days a year!




(From left to right) Duncan Palmer, Tony Allen, Sam Bailey-Watts, Doug Allen, Beth Raine, Richard Roestorf
New accommodation at the
University of Nottingham
In August, UPP was proud to open the sleek           satisfaction and a vital aspect of the university
new student bedrooms at Broadgate Park at            experience. By working closely with the
the University of Nottingham, in time for the        university, we have produced a bespoke design
start of the new academic year, September            option. While still supporting self catering our
2006.                                                approach also enables effective social
                                                     interaction within the accommodation –
Facilities included 634 new en suite rooms,          contributing to students’ fundamental learning
including studio rooms, cluster rooms and            and ‘growing up’ experience.”
enhanced twin doubles – all available at an
all-inclusive price, including contents insurance,   Students will also benefit from extensive
all utility bills and high speed internet access     security measures around the development,
through the University of Nottingham Student         as well as a new communal space providing a
Network Service.                                     new Café/Bistro and local convenience store.

Clive Crawford, Chief Executive of UPP, said:        The Chief Financial Officer for The University of
“The new, stylish facilities at Broadgate Park       Nottingham David Beeby said: “The University
set an example in student accommodation,             is very pleased that UPP have given our
which is an increasingly key measure of student      students a wider choice of accommodation.”




Our Partnerships
UPP began working with Higher                  Leeds Metropolitan University                  University of Plymouth
Education institutions in 1997 to              2005 onwards                                   1999 onwards
provide superior quality bespoke student       In October 2005 UPP completed the              Development and operation of 640 new
accommodation that fulfilled the               estate transfer of 1559 rooms across           build rooms and a further 704 transferred
practical needs of students and                three halls. In 2006, UPP and the              rooms. UPP has also entered into a
the financial needs of universities.           University entered into a second               development partnership to build a further
It now boasts a portfolio of university        partnership with plans to develop              2000 rooms for the University and in
partnerships; each innovative project          a further 500 rooms.                           December 2006, UPP and the University
tailor-made for the specific needs                                                            reached financial close on a fourth
of that university and its students.           Nottingham Trent University                    partnership in the form or a mixed use
                                               2001 onwards                                   academic and accommodation scheme.
University of Bedfordshire                     The estate transfer and operation of
2000 onwards                                   over 2,300 rooms. A further 446 new            University of Reading
Operational management of over 1,100           build rooms were added to the portfolio        2000 onwards
rooms across 10 halls. UPP provides            in 2004.                                       Development and operation of over 800
strategic advice on marketing, allocations                                                    rooms across two residences, Reading
and the University’s residential strategy.     University of Nottingham                       Student Village and Reading St George’s
                                               2003 onwards                                   Hall.
                                               Redevelopment and transfer of existing
Lancaster University                           estate of 1350 rooms. In September             University of York
2003 onwards                                   2006, University of Nottingham students        2001 onwards
Estate transfer and redevelopment in           moved into brand new studio rooms which        The development of student rooms at
order to provide an increased choice of        took the total number of rooms in the          Halifax College and redevelopment of
accommodation for undergraduate and            portfolio up to 2218.                          rooms at Wentworth College providing
postgraduate students. On completion of                                                       a total of 740 rooms.
a phased redevelopment programme there         Oxford Brookes University
will be over 4,400 new high quality rooms      2002 onwards
available. This is the largest student         The development and operation of
accommodation project in the sector with       Cheney Student Village which provides
a funding cost exceeding £120m.                750 rooms situated in picturesque
                                               landscaped grounds.



For more information                           Fourth Floor, Weston House
on UPP contact:                                246 High Holborn
Mark Allen                                     London WC1V 7EX
Group Business Development Director            T +44 (0)20 7280 4400
University Partnerships Programme              E info@upp-ltd.com
                                               www.upp-ltd.com

				
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